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questions organized by topics other than crops?

PlantVillage    Lihue, HI

As a plant pathologist, I like looking for questions to answer about diseases/disorders and I can do that for a variety of crops. Is there any way to cross reference posts based on different keywords (ex: insects, disease, soil nutrition, hort, etc)?


Posted by: Kathryn Fiedler (72 points) Kathryn Fiedler
Posted: March 19, 2013




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Our initial design of PlantVillage has been guided by the thinking that an agriculturalist who has a question will have that question regarding a specific crop. The solution to that question may involve a nutrient deficiency or a parasite, but we have been reluctant to create topics devoted to those issues, as we are then placing part of the burden of diagnosis on the questioner.

Internally, we are considering a number of options to better serve users that possess your level of expertise. It seems likely we will adopt either a tagging system or a keyword search to make possible exactly what you describe.


Posted by: Brian Lambert (3 points) Brian Lambert
Posted: March 19, 2013




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Welcome Kathryn
To add to Brian's response we also imagine that as we build our community some people might recognize that certain users have distinct expertise. So, if you know about late blight and others have seen you answering that for crops such as tomatoes and another question comes in for a different crop a person might link you to the original poster. You might in fact have discovered the question yourself but other users can act as relayers (and get a badge for it).
Delighted to have you.


Posted by: David Hughes (22 points) David Hughes
Posted: March 19, 2013




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